In January 2020, CLEAR signed a two-year partnership with the Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO) of the National Institution for Transforming India Aayog, a premier policy think tank of the government of India. The partnership with DMEO is strategically important, as it provides an excellent opportunity for CLEAR to achieve its twin goals of strengthening national institutions (SDG 16) and supporting national plans to implement the SDGs (SDG 17).
CLEAR supports DMEO in strengthening M&E capacities of state and central governments through capacity building workshops for DMEO staff and collaborations to share evidence-based insights via tool kits, policy briefs, and technical advisory. To build the capacity of academic institutions in India, CLEAR and DMEO jointly hosted a consultation session with senior faculty members from leading Indian academic institutions, with the aim of building an encouraging M&E ecosystem for policy-relevant research, particularly impact evaluations, by young researchers in India.
DMEO is an attached office within the National Institution for Transforming India Aayog, established by the government in 2015 as an apex body with the aim to evaluate government programs and monitor India’s progress on the SDGs.